Dr. Meymandi is a noted psychiatrist, humanist, and philanthropist, who frequently speaks and writes on diverse topics that relate to his interests in medicine, the arts, religion, and philanthropy. Dr. Meymandi earned his MD degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. In addition, he holds PhDs in both biochemistry and philosophy, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities. A longtime resident of Raleigh, he is in private practice as a psychiatrist and neurologist, and serves as Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at UNC, Chapel Hill.
The Press has described Dr. Meymandi as “aristocratic in breeding, intellectual in temperament, and philanthropic in lifestyle. His hunger for knowledge is surpassed only by his generosity. His philanthropic activities in medicine, the arts and humanities have made his name synonymous with enlightenment.”
The city of Raleigh recognized this by honoring him with the Raleigh Medal of Art in 2000, and in the fall of 2002, Governor Easley appointed him to the Board of the North Carolina Arts Council. He was given the highest North Carolina civilian award, the Order of Longleaf Pine by Gov. Easley in 2004. In January 2003, he was elected to the Vestry of Christ Episcopal Church, and he has served as President of the NCSU Friends of the Library. He has endowed a Fellowship dedicated to the task of bridging the gap between the basic sciences and humanities at the National Humanities Center where he serves on the Board of Trustees. Among the NHC Meymandi Fellows are Harvard Professor of Entomology, Pulitzer Prize winner and father of Sociobiology; Dr. Helen Vendler, Harvard Professor of English; Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse, President of Rockefeller University and Sir Patrick Bateson, Emeritus Professor of Ethology at Cambridge University and President of the Zoological Society of London. Dr. Oliver Sacks, the world renowned neurologist is among the NHC Fall 2008 Meymandi Fellows. He has endowed professorship chairs, and gives scholarships to bright and promising medical and conservatory students.
The 1800 seat state-of-the-art Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, which opened on 21 February 2001, was named by Dr. Meymandi to honor his mother. He is building 200 housing units for the survivors of the Bam disaster in Iran, where 35,000 people were killed in Jan ’04. Upon completion, he will add a school and a community center.
The construction, expansion and landscaping of the Touring Exhibition Center of the NCMA named for the Doctor’s father has been completed. The Meymandi gallery was opened with the “Rembrandt Exhibit in America” in October 2011. The Doctor plans to place the Meymandi memorabilia including the eighth century illuminated Quorans and books of Poetry in that space so all people of NC could enjoy them.
He has been honored with Longleaf Pine, the highest NC civilian Award, by the former NC Governor Michael Easley, and this year, he was chosen to be inducted into Raleigh Hall of Fame (October 1, 2012)
Dr. Meymandi was Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Wake County Physician magazine, from 1995 to 2012. He retired in January 2012 as Emeritus Editor. He continues to write weekly “Monday Musing” with online distribution, and the monthly syndicated column “”Meymandi at Large” distributed by Matrix Publishing Co.